Friday, June 7, 2013

Dude Ranch Chicken

      This recipe for Dude Ranch Chicken from RoTel is similar to a King Ranch Chicken Casserole, only made with flour tortillas.  It couldn't be easier, just toss everything together in a large bowl and pour it in your dutch oven.  It's cheesy, fluffy, spicy and a good pot luck casserole that gets better the longer it sits.  In my 10 inch dutch oven, it baked with 10 coals in a ring around the bottom and 20 on top.  After 30 minutes it was bubbling away and ready for a final topping of cheese.  It's another good camping dish, the ingredients don't require much refrigeration and you can even mix it right in your dutch oven. 

Dude Ranch Chicken
2 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of celery soup
1 10 oz. can RoTel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, undrained
1 4 OR 8 oz. can diced green chilies
3/4 cup sliced green onions
10 flour tortillas (8 inch), each cut into 6 triangular wedges
1 Tblsp sliced green onions for garnish

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Combine chicken, 1 cup cheese, both soups, undrained tomatoes, green chilies and the 3/4 cup green onions in large bowl.
     Mix tortilla wedges into chicken mixture.
     Spoon mixture into prepared dutch oven.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbling and hot.
     Top with remaining 1 cup cheese, bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
     Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
     Garnish with 1 Tblsp green onions.
     Makes 6 servings.

Mix everything together and spoon into your dutch oven

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until bubbling,
then top with cheese

Bake for 5 minutes more, or until cheese has melted

A good, easy pot luck entree


  1. Thanks Scott, it's a good belly warmer, Liddy

  2. Hi!
    I tried to find an email for you to send you a link to a blog post I thought might make you smile, but I couldn't. Here's the blog I wrote about our first Dutch Oven experience. Thanks for your site. It and others have really helped our family start this journey and I am looking forward to returning!
    Blessings, Erick

  3. Hi Again, sorry to bother you. I see a way to subscribe to comments via email, but not to be notified of new posts. Is there a way to get an email when you have a new post? I always have good intentions of going to blogs I "follow" but don't seem to do it, but if I can get an email when I subscribe it helps me a lot! Thanks!

  4. Hi Erick, thank you for your nice comments and link to your blog. I really enjoyed reading about your first dutch oven cooking adventure and seeing the pictures of your family. The food looked great. I agree, outdoor cooking does force you to slow down and enjoy the world around you, there's a lot to be said for getting back to basics and enjoying a simpler way of life. Sorry but I don't have the time right now to figure out how to notify you of a new posting via e-mail, maybe in the future. Thanks for stopping by and happy cooking! Liddy

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and to reply. I appreciate it. I believe Blogger has a simple widget for email subscriptions but I am not sure. I use one through FeedBurner and have been really happy with it, and it is free. I completely understand the time issue, and know it was just a suggestion. I'll try and check back as often as I can to see what you have that's new. Thanks for sharing your heart and skill with all of us. You are a gift.

  5. Tried this one tonight. Verdict: Pretty good! Of course I had to make a few slight changes--For the chicken I used a 22oz bag of Tyson's Grilled and Ready Fully Cooked Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast. I used a measuring cup to see about how much is was. It was a bit over 4 cups. (My taste testers said they liked the extra chicken. I did too.) Left the onions out and only used 6 tortillas rather than 10. I don't know if I could have gotten 10 tortillas in. I did use the Rotel and a 4oz can of diced green chilies (mild of course). It definitely made our mouths tingle with spiciness. Cooked in a 12" oven with 12 coals under and 26 on top. Was bubbling in about 30 minutes.

    When I make this again in the future I will probably leave the green chilies out, mix the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use a foil lining in my oven (I mixed everything in the oven this time), and go easier on the topping cheese at the end. I think this would stand just fine without the cheese topping. (BTW-it looks like you used a cheese mix as your topping, there's orange and white cheese. At least that's what it looks like.)

    But yeah, thumbs up on this one.--K.C.

  6. Is this something that you think could be made in the crock pot??

  7. This would probably be a great crock pot dinner, since everything is already cooked you probably wouldn't have to cook it for very long, just until heated through and bubbling. LIddy

  8. This is a great recipe, a keeper at our house! I used more cheese and blended the tomatoes. Only because I don't like tomato chunks. I was worried that the flour tortillas would be soggy, but that was not the case. It was excellant. Thanks

    1. Thank you for your feedback, so glad you and your family are enjoying the recipe! Liddy

  9. I have always used corn tortillas for this recipe called King Ranch

    1. If you search my blog, I also posted a recipe for King Ranch Chicken Casserole, they are very similar. Would be very good with corn tortillas, I'm sure. Thanks for stopping by, Liddy

  10. Hi there! Shared your dude ranch chicken recipe in a buzzfeed post yesterday, see it here: :)